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News Release: Renné to Lead International Renewable Energy Society

Jan. 12, 2010

Dr. David Renné, principal project leader for analysis at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been elected president of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). Renné’s term began at the start of the New Year and will run through Dec. 31, 2011.

"ISES is a global leader in informing and supporting its numerous sections, government entities, non-governmental organizations, and the general public on renewable energy opportunities and programs worldwide.  I am very pleased to be able to serve ISES in this leadership role and to help ISES fulfill its mission of a rapid transition to a renewable energy world," Renné said.

Renné has been a member of the ISES board of directors since 2004 and he was vice president of science and technology in 2008 and 2009. Founded in 1952, ISES is a United Nations accredited non-governmental organization with members in more than 50 countries. ISES supports its members in the advancement of renewable energy technology, implementation and education all over the world.  Renné also has been active in the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) as a board member and treasurer.

Renné has worked at NREL since 1991.  In his current role as  principal project leader, he develops and manages programs on renewable energy resource assessment and analysis.  He also manages DOE’s Solar Resource Assessment activities funded under the Solar Energy Technologies Program. Some of his recent work at NREL has been for international organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International Development and the United Nations Environment Program. In these programs, he has managed solar and wind energy resource assessments and the development of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) tools for countries in Asia, Central America, South America and Africa.

He received his master’s degree and PhD from Colorado State University in Atmospheric Sciences and Earth Resources.

NREL is DOE’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. 



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